The loving cup.

Each of these pieces is part of the Shelter Collection, designed in Charleston, South Carolina and produced by a team of artisans in Star, North Carolina. After the closing of a factory in Star left a large portion of the town unemployed, nonprofit STARworks used the vacant building to start a full-scale ceramics and glassblowing studio, reviving the community economy by drawing artisans and craftspeople from all over the world. The Shelter Collection is a testament to the power of art in rebuilding communities.

This handthrown ceramic cup comes in mini, short, and tall sizes, and we’re finding excuses to use them everywhere: the mini is great as an unusual cocktail glass or sake cup, or as a salt cellar; the short makes for a statuesque bedside water glass; and the tall cup is just right for holding pencils or brushes, or a small bunch of fresh flowers.

Each cup is made from local North Carolina stoneware and hand-dipped in a matte glaze, leaving a bit of warm, earth-colored clay peeking through the bottom. They’re hand thrown using locally harvested and processed clay and glazes, and the slight variations in the final product makes each one unique.